ONSI Corp., South Windsor, CT, reports that one of its first model PC25TM fuel cells has surpassed 40,000 hours of cumulative operation. The unit, owned by Southern California Gas, provides electricity and co-generated heat for the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine, CA. "The durability of the cell stack is a true measure of commercial viability of fuel-cell power," reports Robert Suttmiller, president of International Fuel Cells, ONSI's parent company. Each of the 120 fuel cells in the ONSI fleet of PC25 power plants provides 200 kW--enough to supply electricity for nearly 150 homes. The cells use an electrochemical process to directly convert chemical energy into electricity and hot water. The chemical energy normally comes from hydrogen contained in natural gas. However, the cells do not burn the gas, so they operate virtually pollution-free. "The ONSI unit at Irvine has functioned with an operating availability of 95.6%," Suttmiller adds. "It has produced more than 7 million kW-hr of commercial-grade electricity, eliminating 200,000 lbs of pollutants that would have been created by power generators requiring combustion." FAX Michael London at (203) 459-1032.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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